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votes to your delegations share. -- chairs. when the accounts from the delegation chairs start, we will start with indiana. second would be alabama, connecticut, north carolina, district of columbia, washington, and michigan. jake, can you turn on the microphones in the audience? >> i am from virginia. a move to suspend the rules of the rest of the convention, including vice-president to not hear the state-by-state announcement of the votes, and just to the secretary read the results reflected has been moved to suspend the rules and dispense with reading of the vote totals for the vice- presidential candidate from the state delegates. requires a two-thirds vote to suspend the rules. is there a second? it has been moved and seconded.
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all those in favor of doing this, signify by saying aye. all those opposed? i think that got the two-thirds. the motion carries. [crowd murmurs]
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>> our delegation is going 9 to 1 for gray. >> i think we really, honestly have a chance. >> what do you think about judge gray? >> i support him.
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>> 90% of why i supported lee wrights is the principles. [unintelligible]
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>> thank you very much. >> i have been supporting you for a long time.
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>> i am following my heart right now. >> i appreciate it. thank you. >> what do you think about the v.p. chart? >> congratulations. >> thank you very much. >> congratulations. [unintelligible]
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>> what do you think about judge gray? [unintelligible] >> thank you very much. >> i would like to give you a campaign contribution.
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>> holy cow. >> i am one of your top supporters.
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>> i think the world of lee wrights, i really do. >> i will see when you get back to texas. >> i thought i was off, and then i had to go back to work. >> if i can help out in any way, i would like to do that. i will be contacting north texas state representative and
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sending in a check. >> i am looking forward to the 3:00. >> good luck, you were really fired up today.
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>> we will now come to order. i guess come to order or the magic words. -- were the magic words. based on the prior motion that was passed to dispense with the reading of the vote totals from each of the chairs, we will put the vote on the screen for everybody to see. [applause]
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[unintelligible] we are going to let chairman gray speak for a couple of minutes. >> thank you. you will never regret this. i have never been so excited about anything i can think of. the work is now beginning. we have the very best candidate i can think of to lead this ticket, and i will do my part as well. let me tell you my strategy. we need everybody in this room to take this election personally. we need you to get our information to pass it around to your circle of friends. tell them to take it personally
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as well. when that happens, we will start polling. we are now about 7% with gov. johnson. we will start calling around 18%. you know what happens then? he will be in the presidential debates with mitt romney and obama. [applause] you will be proud. you know what else will happen? it will make them talk about issues they do not want to talk about. it would change the dynamics completely and will have to talk about liberty, prosperity, and equal opportunity. if he is in those debates -- i cannot wait. i would be involved in one of them with joe biden. i cannot wait. if we are in those debates, all bets are off some. -- off, folks. this will be the revolution we all crave. thank you.
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yes, i appreciate it. now, let's go to work. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, i would like to thank those, at a involved. c-span who covered our debate last night, the presidential and vice presidential selection this afternoon. the poor guys need a lunch break. they will be breaking down while we conduct [unintelligible] >> i want to not let this opportunity go by without saying my deep thanks for the
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professionalism, the integrity, the ferocity, the ax, and the works of [unintelligible] what a man. what a man. thank you. [applause] >> i do not know what i can possibly say you have not heard me say already except that we have to stop all these wars.
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let but the ticket over the top. i am not going anywhere. we need at least 1 million votes. that is what the 1 million vote march is all about. i will put in a shameless plug for that little project that we started. there has to be at least 1 million people in this country that wants to stop killing people. there has to be 1 million people who want to stop the war on drugs alone. we are going to send a message to the politicians and let them know there are at least 1 million people in this country that do not like what is going on. vote for gary johnson and jim gray. let's make this happen. we can make a difference by being the difference. [applause] >> this morning on "washington journal," michael scheuer.
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then, at harvard institute of politics director will discuss a new poll by his institute that shows president obama has widened the gap between 18-29 years old. anthony potts will talk about north carolina as a battleground in the election and the upcoming convention in september. "washington journal," every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c- span. this week on "news makers," richard trumka. he is interviewed by a washington post white house correspondent and the labor reporter for the wall street journal. newsmakers airs every sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span.
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>> i have seemed to have earned a certain place where people will listen to me and i have always cared about the country. "the greatest generation" gave me a platform that was unanticipated. i thought i ought not to squander that. i ought to step up as a, not just a citizen and journalists, but a father, husband, and a grandfather. if i see these things, i ought to write about them and try to start this dialogue, which is what i am trying to do with this book, about where we need to go next. >> tom brokaw urges americans to redefine the american dream. your questions for the former anchor and editor of nbc nightly news. he has written about the greatest generation, the 1960's, and today. in-depth later today live at noon eastern on c-span2's
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booktv. >> the president and first lady returned to the campaign ymir trail today. speaking at the campus of va up commonwealth university in virginia, the president laid out the reasons for why he is running for a second [applause] [applause] >> hello, virginia. it sounds like you all are fired up. looks like you all are ready to go.
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being here with all of you today, i am feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself. [applause] fired up. i think our present there is a reason we are fired up. i think our president is magnificent. it is not just because we want to win an election. which, we do. [applause] we are here because of the values we believe in. we are here because of the vision for this country, that we all share. we are here because we want our children to have good schools,
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you know? the kind of schools that push them. the kind of schools that inspire them and prepare them for jobs. that is why we are here. [applause] we want our parents and grandparents to retire with dignity. because we believe that after a lifetime of hard work, they should enjoy a their golden years. [applause] we are here because we want to restore that basic middle-class security for our families because we believe that folks in this country should not go bankrupt because they get sick. [applause] we believe they should not move their home because someone loses a job. -- lose their home because someone loses a job. we believe that responsibility should be rewarded and hard work should pay off. [applause] and the thing that we all know is that these are basic american values.
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they are the values that so many of us were raised with, right? [applause] including myself. i told this story earlier, but my father was a blue-collar worker. at the city water plant. my family lived in a very little apartment on south side of chicago. south side. [applause] neither of my parents had the chance to attend college, but let me tell you what they did do, which was just as important, they saved and a sacrifice. they poured everything they had in to me and my brother because they wanted us to have the kind of education they could only dream of. while most of my college tuition came from student loans and grants -- [applause] you can relate to that.
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my dad still paid a small portion of the tuition, himself. and, every semester, my father was determined to pay that bill on time. because, like so many parents, he was so proud to be sending his kids to college. he could not bear the thought of me or my brother missing that registration deadline because his checklist late. -- his check was late. like so many people, my father took great pride in being able to earn a living that allowed him to handle his responsibilities to his family and to pay all of his bills on time. truly, more than anything else, that is what is at stake in this election. it is that fundamental promise that no matter who you are or how you started out, if you work
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hard, you can build a decent life for yourself and yes, and even better life for your children. right? [applause] and, it is that promise that binds us together as americans. it is what makes us who we are. and whether it is equal pay for women or health care for our kids, whether it is tax cuts for middle-class families or student loans for our young people, that is what my president, my husband, your president is fighting for every single day. [applause] let me tell you -- as first lady, i have had the chance to see up close and personal well- being president looks like. i have seen how the issues that
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come across it president's desk are always the hard ones. the problems with no clear solution. the judgment calls were the stakes are so high end there is no margin for error. as president, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, all of you have -- all you have to guide you is your vision for the country. [applause] in the end, when you are making those impossible choices, it all boils down to who you are and what you stand for and we all know who my husband is, right? [applause] we all know what he stands for, right? [applause]
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barack obama is the son of a single mother who struggled to put yourself through school and pay the bills. he is the grandson of a woman who woke up before dawn every day to catch her bus at a job -- for a job. even the her grandmother worked hard and she was good at it, like so many women, she hit that glass ceiling. men no more qualified than she was were promoted up the ladder. believe me, virginia, barack obama knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means -- [applause] -- when someone does not have a chance to fulfil their potential. that is at -- those are the experiences that have made him the man and the president he is today. [applause]
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but, i have said it before and i will say it again and again, he cannot do this alone. fortunately, he never has. he never has because we have always moved this country forward together. yes, we have. [applause] today, more than ever before, barack obama needs your help. he needs your help. he needs every single one of you. to give just a little part of your life to this campaign. he needs you to register those voters. right? [applause] and, to other students out here, listen up -- [applause]
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-- if you all are moving over the summer, remember to register at your new address in the fall. you have that? [applause] barack obama needs you to join one of our neighborhood teams and start organizing it in your own communities. just one thing i want you all to understand the. if you have any doubt about the difference that you can make, i just want you to remember that in the end, this election could all come down to those last few thousand people who register to vote. it could all come down to those last few thousand folks who get out to the polls on november 6. and when you average all love that out over this entire state, think about it. it might mean registering just one more person in your town. just one more person.
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it miami -- it might mean helping one more person in your community get out there and vote on election day. one more person. so, with every door you not gone, with every single call you make, every conversation, i want you to remember that this could be the one, right? this could be the one that makes the difference. [laughter] -- [applause] that is the impact each of you could have in this election. know that. now, i will not kid you. this journey will be long. it will be hard. but, that is how change always happens in this country. it is how it always happens. if we keep showing up, if we keep fighting the good fight, eventually, we will get there. we always have. we always do.
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maybe not in our lifetime, but maybe in our children's lifetimes. maybe in our grandchildren's lifetime. in the end, that is what this is all about. that is all it is about the. [applause] in the end, that is what i think about when i taught my girls in bed at night. i think about the world i want to leave for them here. and to all of our sons and daughters. i think about how want to do for them what my dad did for me. i want to give them a foundation for their dreams. i want to give them opportunities worthy of their promise. i want to give them that sense of limitless possibilities. that belief that here in america, there was always something better out there if you are willing to work hard for it. that is america. [applause] so, we cannot turn back now.
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we have to keep moving forward. we have come so far. we have so much more to do. so much more to do. if we keep on moving forward,, we need to work or -- if we keep on moving forward, we need to work our hearts out for the man i have the pleasure of introducing here today. [applause] virginia, i introduce to you, my has spent an hour president, barack obama. [applause]
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[applause] >> hello, virginia. what do you think about michelle obama? [applause] i hate following her. she is too good. and, she looks good to, didn't
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she? [applause] i'm just saying. she looked pretty good. myrick --oing creston how's it going? [applause] before i begin, there are a few people i want to think joining us here today. first of all, your marriage. -- your mayor. [applause] bodies that. -- bobby scott. your former governor is here. and a guy that i gather is pretty popular in these parts. the coach is in the house. the coach is in the house.

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